OK, this one drives me nuts.
I don’t show up in a church often, but when I do, I make sure to drop something in the collection box. After all, the minister needs to get paid, I want the place to have heat and air conditioning. I have no issues with supporting your church. If you want to go beyond “supporting the facilities and paying the minister” into the realm of enabling your church to perform “good works” - great. I’m sure many churches are as effective (and many probably more so) than the United Way. No problem there.
The problem comes in the cause and effect relationship some people appear to believe exists between giving money to the church (especially a certain percentage) and God rewarding them. Is their God really that shallow? Are they incapable of seeing that their neighbors haven’t cast a shadow on a church door for quite some time and are doing just fine - finanacally and personally - God has not yet smote them? Do they really believe they “buy” God’s favor? Is there something I’m missing here?
The philosophy is just so…offensive.
(Disclaimer: I’m a Unitarian Deist married to an atheist. My vision of God doesn’t really include “God, CPA and his son Jesus Christ, Auditor.”)